1990 Vaio BIOS with WAV Player Routine. Do others exist ?

Discussion in 'BIOS Mods' started by itsmemario1, Dec 25, 2016.

  1. itsmemario1

    itsmemario1 MDL Senior Member

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    Alll Sony Vaio PCG-x505x series laptops played a small soundfile when switching the Laptop on.

    Head to 4:20 to hear it :

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hK0d7tsFJng


    I had one of these as well and afaik it was a small WAV that was inside the BIOS itself...but im not 100% sure anymore.

    It was using the Phoenix BIOS with "platform.bin" and "ROM.bin", with "phlash2.exe".
    PhoenixPhlash Utility 4.0, Release 1.28 (1994-1999)

    You can unpack it using the phoenixtool...but I wasnt able to find something related to "WAV"...

    You can download the one from a PCG-505G here :
    https://www.sony.co.uk/support/en/content/cnt-dwnl/PCG-505G/list

    So, one option ROM was a wav player routine ? Does anyone know ?

    unpacked.jpg

    Are there other, "modern" BIOS versions that "play sounds" when switching the laptop on ?
     
  2. Tito

    Tito Super Mod / Adviser
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    At least all Asus laptops with AMI Aptio firmware ("Play POST sound").
     
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  3. itsmemario1

    itsmemario1 MDL Senior Member

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    Ah thank you. I checked an ASUS M70 BIOS. Too bad its UEFI already.
    Need to dig deeper inside the Sony PCG-505G then ^^
     
  4. LatinMcG

    LatinMcG Bios Borker

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    older asus with voice diagnostics instead of beep ? think 2008 or so
     
  5. itsmemario1

    itsmemario1 MDL Senior Member

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    Woah, just googled, didnt even know such thing existed.

    But it looks like only ASUS Desktop PCs recieved such "Voice Diagnostics" upgrade as additional hardware (slot)
    with a extra Winbond chip. Also it looks like this was 2001 ^^


    http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/mainboards/display/asus-p4b266.html